When a homeowner thinks about landscaping, he or she is thinking about a project that will not only add beauty to their home, but will also add value to the property.
However, not all landscaping jobs end up as the owners intended them to. When not properly done, some landscape work may damage the home and result in expensive repairs.
Here are some of the ways landscaping projects can go wrong, and how you can prevent them.
- Mold and fungus infestation
Mold and fungi can cause serious health problems that’s why they need to be properly removed. Most landscaping projects create damp environments where mold, fungi, and other forms of rot thrive.
The wall of the house that is closest to the garden is the most likely to attract mold and fungi; and when not given immediate attention can lead to great losses. One option to prevent this is to waterproof that particular wall. Use mold-resistant materials.
- Pest and disease infestation
The beautiful flowers and plants in your garden are not only attractive to you, but different pests find them enticing as well. Plants and flowers are sources of food for many pests and create an ideal environment for them to thrive. Prevent this situation by cautiously using pesticides or other environment-friendly pest repellent.
- Damage to the foundation
Landscaping projects require a lot of water, and more often than not, water seeps down to the foundation of the house. This can cause serious structural issues.
In addition, trees and other plants that have extensive roots can cause cracks in the foundation or damage underground plumbing lines.
- Excessive consumption of water
Setting up an irrigation system can be expensive, and when done incorrectly can incur more expenses. Leaks in the system, lack of proper drainage, uneven water flow and varying pressure rates will result in costly water bills.
The water that you consume in the house, coupled with the water consumed in the landscaping project will result in water demand that may be difficult to sustain, especially during dry seasons.
How to prevent damage:
The best way to prevent damages resulting from a landscaping project is hiring a professional landscaper.
A landscaper understands how to avoid such problems, and will set up preventive measures that will protect the project long after the landscaping work is done.
Landscapers have the relevant knowledge and skills to install efficient drainage systems that actually help you to conserve water.
Finally, a professional landscaper will apply the necessary steps to prevent the growth of mold and fungi as well as recommend ways to deal with any pests and diseases.